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Altair's Cruz Nuz
cruising, vb, kroozing, working on your boat in exotic locations around the Caribbean....Dudley and Becca
Meet Captain Sunshine
Becca
05/01/2011, Aboard the Good Ship ALTAIR!

One of the last things Martha and Peter bestowed upon us, aside from the incredible warm just out of the oven, oatmeal raisin cookies, was the name of this man!

Kenny, Captain Sunshine, came on board today to discuss a tour he would be pleased to take us on! He gave us a great price, and we are thrilled to have him as our guide. He came highly recommended, as he grew up right on the edge of rainforest in Liamuiga, which the Carib indians dubbed it and it means...fertile isle. He said Liamuiga was his back yard.

Dudley and Bec

Martha, Peter and Dudley...Great Minds!
Becca
04/30/2011, Port Zante aboard SV Lightheart

This is a brand new boat, and the maststep is being ground away while simultaneously gouging the mast. The expert that Peter has contacted advised him on a way to correct this problem...didn't work...now they are going to do it their way!

It worked!!!! Hip Hip HURRAY!!!

The sad news is that they are leaving and we didn't have nearly enough time to spend with these two brilliant friends of ours! Aurevoir Mon Amis! (We're practicing for St. Martin)...

Helpful Dudley...Hiking Bec...
Becca
04/29/2011, Basseterre, the Capital...

Yes, we are in a slip...the dink went on the davits for the second time in 3.5 years...and we have land showers! There's only room for Dudley's man-help on board SV Lightheart...so I do what I do best...hike and photograph my way through the islands.

This is a delightful old town. Basseterre is the Capital of this long ago French settlement. The wharf and waterfront architecture is solidly British and fancifully French in inspiration and the The Circus, the town square, replicates the Piccadilly in London. This entire area burned down in l876 and clearly is a testament to the resilience found throughout the entire Caribbean. Hopefully I'll get a chance to stuff some photo albums with the material I've been blessed to capture.


Will it be The marina or out here?
Becca
04/28/2011, Basseterre, Port Zante Marina....

We took off for Basseterre, after listening to Lightheart call, call and finally connect with the marina @ Port Zante. The response we were eavesdropping upon, while snuggley anchored at Whitehouse Bay, with the marina, was that there was a boat leaving and as soon as they departed the slip was available. One hour, then another half hour! We decided to leave and just show up...offering to help means you just arrive! We asked and they were kind enough to share the conditions of the swells outside the marina as being "not too bad". We had already pulled up the anchor and were proceeding north, we'll see for ourselves. We were bashing into the seas, going north, into the wind of course, and wondering if this was any indication of our new neighborhood!

Check out the protective, temporary swell barrier...That monster will surely leave, along with our protection if we anchor out here just at the mouth of the marina where SV Lightheart has to do the work on the maststep.

Looking for Lightheart..
Becca
04/28/2011, Port Zante Marina Complex...

We dropped the hook, launched the dink, and those swells were anything but swell. We're off to find Martha and Peter, the newlyweds! Their friends just flew out, Peter's son is coming for a visit next week and now they will have us hanging about trying to help!

We found the boat in their slip, minus the crew...this is who found us! These adorable African green vervet monkeys are taking over the island we later find out, but they are descendents of a few brought over by planters. "Monkey Man" is capitalizing on them big time, especially when the cruise ships frequent this Port Zante Complex! Very cute and biters too, gentle but true! We learned that they get very aggressive when they become adults...thank goodness these are youngsters.


Sailing Far, Far Away...NOT!
Becca
04/27/2011, Nevis to St. Kitts, Woahhh!

I hope we are not going to regret not exploring Nevis...but the weather is why we booggied over here from Antigua before days of 30kt winds kept us there! We want to be in Ballast Bay or Whitehouse Bay according to all of our friends in the know! Goodbye Nevis...hello St. Kitts.

It took us about an hour and half to get here...big adventure...NOT!

It turns out that there's some incredibly high terrain in these here parts...so it's gonna be interesting...Already the katabatic winds are howling and we are thinking these enormous gusts are gonna make it interesting. Love that CQR!

We got a huge surprise. We were chilling and must've been below late in the afternoon when we hear "Hey, Altair!"...it's Lightheart! Martha and Peter Branning... were "heading south" just this morning, and they agreed to come back to St. Kitts (north) spend some time with us and get their maststep problem fixed too. We are so blessed! They invited us to dinner and what a boat...what a great group of people too...the joy continues!

Bec




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